Prof. James Kelly lectures on Irish History between the seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, on America from the Civil War to the end of the twentieth century, on Irish historiography and on historical methods. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2003, and has been a member to the Irish Manuscripts Commission since 1999. He is the editor of Analecta Hibernica, and joint editor of Studia Hibernica, and Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published extensively on a variety of themes on late-early modern Irish History, with particular reference to the eighteenth century. Current research interests include sport in late early modern Ireland, crime and punishment in the eighteenth century, the 'crowd' in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Ireland, and gender relations in early modern Ireland. His book History of Sport in Ireland 1600-1840 was awarded the NUI Special Commendation Prize 2015.